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A handbook of useful information for immigrants and settlers

A handbook of useful information for immigrants and settlers
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1880-1889
Published by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, this pamphlet encouraged agricultural settlement on railroad lands in Kansas by glorifying the state's natural resources including water, soil, mineral deposits and plant life. Printed by the Kansas Farmer in Topeka, Kansas.


Alysia Kysar to Governor Joan Finney

Alysia Kysar to Governor Joan Finney
Creator: Kysar, Alysia
Date: March 19, 1991
Alysia Kysar of Liberal, Kansas, writes Governor Joan Finney of Topeka concerning a water rights conflict at Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands in Barton County, Kansas. Kysar is eleven years old. She argues that the importance of wildlife habitats and communal ownership of natural resources, like water, supercede the rights of individual water users along Wet Walnut Creek. Kysar further questions the suitability of irrigated agriculture to an arid environment. In Wet Walnut Irrigators v. Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area (1992), the Kansas Supreme Court ruled in favor of Cheyenne Bottoms, citing its earlier claim to water rights.


A staff correspondent of the Chicago Inter Ocean, visits Kansas

A staff correspondent of the Chicago Inter Ocean, visits Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: April 06, 1882
One of a weekly series of booklets titled "The Inter Ocean" published by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad to promote the settling of Kansas. The topics in this eight page booklet include A Sweet Subject (sugar cane), The Land O'Mutton, Silk Culture in Kansas, Stockman's Paradise and About Ditch Farming. A farm of one thousand acres could be purchased from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad for $6,000 on eleven years time.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Eastern Lines, Middle Division

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Eastern Lines, Middle Division
Creator: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1960 and 1965
This is a map showing the Eastern Lines of the Middle Division of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in central Kansas and central Oklahoma after the 1965 reorganization of divisions.


Bank of Tescott, Tescott, Kansas

Bank of Tescott, Tescott, Kansas
Creator: Bank of Tescott (Tescott, Kan.)
Date: 1903-1974
This series of photographs contains reproductions of the Bank of Tescott in Tescott, Kansas, between 1903 and 1974. Reproductions include the Flood of 1903, construction of a new bank building in 1911, interior views of the bank, and the bank as it appeared in the 1970s.


Chapter IV: Destructive effects of undesirable tendencies, in The future of the Great Plains: Report of the Great Plains Committee

Chapter IV: Destructive effects of undesirable tendencies, in The future of the Great Plains: Report of the Great Plains Committee
Creator: Great Plains Committee
Date: December, 1936
This report was created by the Great Plains Committee, which had been called by President Roosevelt to investigate the effects of drought and wind erosion in the southwestern United States. Chapter IV of the report, titled "Destructive Effects of Undesirable Tendencies," outlines some of the major problems in this region, composed of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. These problems included the decreasing amount of range land, soil erosion, and the depletion of ground water. A large part of the chapter deals with relief efforts and homestead rehabilitation. It also contains illustrations and tables that provide comparative data on the situation in each of these states.


Chapter V: Attitudes of mind, in The future of the Great Plains: Report of the Great Plains Committee

Chapter V: Attitudes of mind, in The future of the Great Plains: Report of the Great Plains Committee
Creator: Great Plains Committee
Date: December 1936
This report was created by the Great Plains Committee, which had been called by the President to investigate the effects of drought and wind erosion in the southwestern United States. For the purposes of the committee, the Great Plains region was composed of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. In Chapter V, the committee argues that farmers' lack of understanding about effective agricultural techniques, combined with severe drought, had created the critical situation that existed during the Dust Bowl. Certain "attitudes of mind," such as the idea that natural resources are inexhaustible, were the root cause of farmers' problems. The chapter outlines some of these attitudes and assumptions that had proved to be unreliable.


Crop harvesting, Edwards County, Kansas

Crop harvesting, Edwards County, Kansas
Date: 1919
This series of photographs represents men harvesting a field in Edwards County, Kansas. The three photographs represent different crews for harvesting: threshing crew and outfit, binder and header crew, and threshing crew in field.


Forest Tree Culture on Kansas Prairies

Forest Tree Culture on Kansas Prairies
Creator: Kern, Maximilian Gottlieb, 1825-1916
Date: 1879
Kansas Pacific Railway promotional publication advocating the advantages of cultivating trees on the Kansas prairie for newly arriving emigrants into the region.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Veterans Hospital

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Veterans Hospital
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the Veteran's Hospital. Topics in the correspondence primarily focuses on the re-location of the Hospital to Halstead, Southeast Kansas, or Cherokee. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, basic science legislation

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, basic science legislation
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the pass or fail of the Basic Science Bill that focuses on chiropracters and non-medicinal practices. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, taxation from the special legislative session

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, taxation from the special legislative session
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the special legislative session to focus on taxation. Topics in the correspondence cover but is not limited to intangible and registration tax law, questionnaires from the Kansas League of Women Voters, and Salina retaining the intangible tax law. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Great war is causing an immense consumption of grain and meat

Great war is causing an immense consumption of grain and meat
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: Between 1876 and 1879
This flyer encourages land purchase and development in central Kansas through the Kansas Pacific Railway. The reasoning is an expanded market for wheat and meat due to the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878. The poster contains caricatures of Russia (large bear with helmet and sword) battling Turkey (large turkey with crescent moon affixed to head) while Uncle Sam looks on encouragingly.


Ho! For the new Kansas!  The Upper Arkansas Valley

Ho! For the new Kansas! The Upper Arkansas Valley
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: July 1877
This large circular published by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad lists many reasons for immigrating to the Upper Arkansas Valley in Kansas. It describes in detail the process for acquiring land. On the reverse side is a detailed map of Kansas showing the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad line with information regarding soil, climate, livestock, crops, fruit, schools, and price of land.


Horse chain mail

Horse chain mail
Date: 1540 - 1541 CE
Horse chain mail armor believed to be a part of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's expedition to Kansas between 1540 and 1541.


Immigrants' guide to the most fertile lands of Kansas

Immigrants' guide to the most fertile lands of Kansas
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: Around 1880
This Union Pacific Railway Company promotional advertisement claims that Kansas is the best place in the west to buy a grain farm, buy a stock farm, buy a sheep ranch, open a store, or practice a profession.


Kansas.  A complete and comprehensive description of the agricultural, horticultural, stock raising and mineral resources of Kansas

Kansas. A complete and comprehensive description of the agricultural, horticultural, stock raising and mineral resources of Kansas
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1903
This Union Pacific Railroad pamphlet promotes Kansas as an abundant and ideal place to settlement.


Kansas. Resources, population, industries, opportunities and climate

Kansas. Resources, population, industries, opportunities and climate
Creator: Union Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1909
This Union Pacific Railroad pamphlet highlights the natural and human resources found in Kansas at the time of publication.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1870

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence, 1870
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1870
This correspondence of the Kansas Adjutant General includes letters received on a variety of topics including supplies, ammunition, Indian relations, depositions, orders, commissions, enrollments and others. Letters on Indian relations refer mostly to conflicts between white settlers and a group of Indians near the forks of the Solomon River. Price Raid claims are also addressed. Letters were often addressed to Governor James Harvey or to Adjutant General David Whittaker.


Kansas Pacific Railway golden belt route

Kansas Pacific Railway golden belt route
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
Broadside of the Kansas Pacific Railway advertising the Golden Belt Route through central Kansas to Colorado Rocky Mountain resorts.


Kansas illustrated.   An accurate and reliable description of this marvelous state for the information of persons seeking homes in the great west

Kansas illustrated. An accurate and reliable description of this marvelous state for the information of persons seeking homes in the great west
Creator: Bodine, L.T.
Date: 1879
This Kansas Pacific Railroad promotional pamphlet highlights the important natural and economic resources of Kansas. It includes lists of crop production by county, inducements for emigrants, and county descriptions.


Kansas in 1875

Kansas in 1875
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1875
A pamphlet produced by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Company to promote Kansas and its resources. It focuses on the Cottonwood and Arkansas Valleys of Kansas. Also included is a map of ATSF railroad connections with an advertisement of land for sale.


Mack Whalen and Henry Littleton, prisoners 9483 and 9287

Mack Whalen and Henry Littleton, prisoners 9483 and 9287
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: February 24, 1901
This photograph is of inmates Mack Whalen, 9483, and Henry Littleton, 9287. Mack Whalen was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary on October 5, 1900 from Stafford County, Kansas. Henry Littleton was received at the penitentiary on March 30, 1900 from Montgomery County, Kansas. Both men were arrested for grand larceny.


Maj. J. Smiths' herd wintering on hay in central Kansas

Maj. J. Smiths' herd wintering on hay in central Kansas
Creator: McCoy, Joseph G. (Joseph Geiting), 1837-1915
Date: 1932
This is a book illustration drawn by Prof. Henry Worrall showing Maj. J. S. Smiths' herd wintering on hay in central Kansas. It is publishing in Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade of the West and Southwest by Joseph G. McCoy.


Major Cobb and A. T. Olson, prisoners 9541 and 9592

Major Cobb and A. T. Olson, prisoners 9541 and 9592
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: January 27, 1901
This photograph is of inmates Major Cobb, 9541, and A.T. Olson, 9592. Major Cobb was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary on November 17, 1900 from Harvey County, Kansas for assault with intent to kill. This was his second term at the penitentiary. A.T. Olson was received at the penitentiary on December 5, 1900 from Saline County, Kansas for forgery.


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